Last year our family had our very first visit to King Richard’s Faire in Carver. Held on an 80 acres forested lot, filled with permanent, fantastical structures, it is easy to lose yourself in the surroundings and imagine you have stepped back in time. Our trip last year was fun and magical, both of my children were young enough (5 and 3) that they were easily caught up in the fantasy. Throughout the year, my daughter spoke about being knighted. My youngest would tell people she had been to princess school. A dragon pet that my oldest bought as her souvenir became a cherished and dearly loved friend, greatly needed as kindergarten presented more challenges than expected.
After I wrote my review last year, I did not anticipate how large the Faire would loom in their memories and how important that experience was to them. One of the wonderful aspects of being a parent is seeing the world from their perspective, and as they shared their memories and opinions about the Faire over the course of the year, I began to see King Richard’s Faire from their point of view. As they began to see signs for the Faire and repeatedly asked to return, I knew we would once again be going to “Carvershire.” (picture courtesy of King Richard’s Faire).
I was curious to see if it would have the same effect on them now that they are another year older and my big girl especially is moving farther and farther away from magical thinking. However, as we walked through the gates and we were greeted by “whale spit” bubbles practically as large as they; the magic began to take hold.
We spent the first hour walking around the grounds and taking in all the sights. And what sights there were! Princesses, fairies, lords and ladies, the king and queen themselves. There were warriors and knights, elves and jesters. We use this time to identify all the rides and games we may want to participate in and also start looking at the amazing wares for sale by the artisans. The girls are allowed to pick a certain number of rides and this time allows them to begin the decision making process on what rides/games they will do.
We made our way to the jousting field just in time for the King’s Tournament. There are three jousts every day culminating in a joust to the death. My sensitive girls can’t handle mortal combat so we haven’t seen that show yet, but I hear it is thrilling! Instead we enjoy the more genteel first and second shows which truly show off the tremendous skills these knights have gained. There are four knights to root for and each section of the crowd has their own champion. The horses are beautiful and it’s such a treat to see them put through their paces in this way, this type of action is not usually seen in the riding ring!
We all love the jousts, they are truly the top attraction for our family, and my youngest has a special place in her heart for Sir Jeffery, drawing this picture after we had returned home. There he is, Sir Jeffrey and his happy horse.
After seeing the King’s Tournament we began taking in the shows and riding on the rides. There is just so much to do and see, I can understand why some people make this a two day affair. My girls were kind enough to rank the shows from their perspective and these are their top three shows:
TOP 3 SHOWS FOR KIDS BY FIONA AND COCO
1. The Tale of The Tiger – Big Cat Show – this one ranks at the top of the list for them because they are real deal cat lovers (with an allergic dad, so no kitties at home) and these larger than life cats were amazing to see up close. Also, the girls were so excited that there was a young Liger in the show this year. One of the few disappointments last year was that the Liger was not well enough to travel. The cubs were ridiculously adorable!
2. Vicious and Delicious – These two charming young acrobats put on such a great show that we had to stop and watch them whenever my girls caught sight of their act. Juggling, acrobatics, humor, contortionism, among other excitement kept the girls enthralled.
3. Paolo Garbanzo – the fire breather and juggler, Coco said “that’s not safe mom” but they also couldn’t believe their eyes! He is an award winning entertainer and puts on a great show!
TOP 3 SHOWS FOR GROWN-UPS BY ME
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